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Vicki Yuan

Shou-Sugi-Ban in Process

Posted by on 5/28/12 at 06:04am
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Mike and Tim from Reznikoff Custom Furniture recently sent us some shots of their burning process for a shou-sugi-ban finish to be applied as an interior finish for SK Ranch. Shou-sugi-ban is the ancient Japanese technique of charring wood to naturally protect it from weather, pests and rot. The result is a gorgeous textured charcoal finish. On SK Ranch, Mike and Tim are starting with vertical grain cedar boards and finishing with a clear polyurethane sealer. Click to Read More

Jonathan Smith

Mid Atlantic Inspiration

Posted by on 5/25/12 at 09:39am
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Cameron and I traveled to from Maryland to North Carolina last week and took in some architecture while catching up with friends… Click to Read More

Corey Leamon

Waller Creek Design Week Kick-Off

Posted by on 5/21/12 at 11:00am
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Last week marked the start of Austin’s Waller Creek design competition between four final teams. On Tuesday, our very own David Lake, FAIA, and Robert Harris, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, with Dr. Kongjian Yu of Turenscape, spoke to a packed audience at the Blanton Museum in Austin about our team’s vision of a living and productive landscape for Waller Creek. Afterward, the team was eager to hit the ground running and worked through the Click to Read More

Big Bend: Rocks and Hard Places

Posted by on 5/21/12 at 04:05am

After hearing innumerable accounts of the raw beauty of Big Bend National Park, two fresh-faced LFer’s embarked on a four night excursion in the Chisos backcountry. Repeatedly battered by the unforgiving wilderness, what were once the innocent, emerged weathered, salty adventurers. For those pressed for time: snakes, unknown creatures in the night, wind, rain, fog, mud, and mud. Click to Read More

jennifer young

Connecting Nature to Design

Posted by on 5/18/12 at 02:19pm
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What are the Bottom Line Benefits of Biophilic Design? How can our designs more effectively connect with Nature? These are some of the questions being discussed at this year’s AIA Convention by a panel including Jason McLennan, founder and creator of the Living Building Challenge, William Browning, partner of Terrapin Bright Green, and Bob Berkebile, founding principal of BNIM Architects. Read a short article about this panel’s discussion here. Click to Read More

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The Project: Broadford Farm Pavilion Location: Hailey, Idaho Project Team: Brian Korte AIA, Jay Pigford AIA, David Lake FAIA, Dale Riser Click to Read More

Rand Pinson

Digital Pin-up: 2001 Odyssey Porch House

Posted by on 4/23/12 at 05:00pm
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2001 Odyssey, located in Wimberly, TX is a family retreat featuring Porch House modules and site specific components. The setbacks have created a small buildable area on the heavily wooded triangular lot. To help negotiate the terrain, a retaining wall runs the length of the small bluff and pushes the house further down the site and away from the bordering road. A wood slat wall faces west to help cut down the low angled sun and allows for Click to Read More

Sam H. Pepper

LF Celebrates Graduate School Victories

Posted by on 4/23/12 at 10:41am
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This past week, interns Lizzie Marrin, Thomas Johnston and Nathan Geller committed to their graduate schools of choice. Next fall, Lizzie will be starting her Masters at Rice University, Thomas will be juggling schoolwork with extra-curricular activities at UT Austin, and Nathan will be throwing snowballs at Syracuse University. To celebrate and congratulate them, LF descended upon local favorite The Monterey where we enjoyed a brew or two courtesy of our client Real Ale. Click to Read More

Betsy Johnson
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Last Thursday night Lake|Flato helped facilitate a Citywide Collaborative Session for the new San Antonio Children’s Museum. We found the event to be a joy and success, and would like to share the process behind it. Prior to the charrette, we brainstormed with the museum staff to come up with a few different activities that would be fun and engaging for attendees. With about 70 people participating, the crowd split into groups of 8-10 at round tables and took Click to Read More

Sam H. Pepper

Miller Ranch Field Trip

Posted by on 4/17/12 at 10:27am
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A few days ago, on a flawless Friday afternoon, Lake Flato headed into the Texas Hill Country to visit the nearly complete Miller Ranch. Situated at the point where two rivers meet, this new house elegantly makes the most of an almost impossibly beautiful site. Below are a few pictures from the visit taken by Corey Leamon and myself. Also on the property is the Miller Porch House and a barn, both completed in 2010. Click to Read More